How to Spread Bermuda Grass


Bermuda grass is a hearty grower and is viewed by many as an aggressive invasive species. It readily seeds, spreads and takes over a lawn area given its preferred conditions. Sunlight, ample water and fertilizer and self-seeding will speed up the spread of bermuda grass. If desired, bermuda grass can naturally overtake another established lawn grass.

Step 1

Water your bermuda grass to keep the soil just below the thatch evenly moist throughout the growing season. Apply at least an inch of water per week over the entire lawn expanse. Make one deep watering or break the watering into two 1/2-inch applications in a seven day period. Excessive heat and or dry conditions may drive up the water requirements and conversely rainfall can diminish the need for irrigation.

Step 2

Feed your bermuda grass regularly with a good quality water-soluble lawn formula. Follow product label directions for dosing and timing. Always feed over pre-watered lawn to reduce the risk of burn. Use a slow release formula to cut down on the number of applications per year while still achieving that same benefits of more frequent applications.

Step 3

Mow your bermuda grass to a depth of 1/2 inch to 2 inches. Sunlight helps bermuda grass seed germinate, so if you are needing to establish the lawn rapidly mowing on the shorter side of the spectrum will help speed germination. Leave the capture basket off of the mower to redistribute seeds from the mowed seed heads over the lawn where they can germinate.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn Mower
  • Lawn Fertilizer


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